Success Stories

Organic Mushroom production – a livelihood enterprise

Mrs. Girija, Veettuvadakkethil, Evoor (N), Cheppad is an agri diploma holder .Like a majority of women in the state, she has spent most of her life running a household with the meager income. Her life changed when she attended the mushroom cultivation training at the KVK in 2008. She initiated mushroom cultivation with the two packets of spawn purchased from the KVK. Paddy straw collected from the nearby paddy field was used as the substrate. Steam

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Goat farming – a lucrative enterprise for a rural youth: Sri.M.Manoj

Dairy, duck farming and Goatery are the major animal husbandry activities followed as livelihood options in Alappuzha district. Large number of small water bodies and a major area under wet land paddy farming in the district makes it a hub for duck farming. But the smaller land holding size and unavailability of land for fodder cultivation/grazing are challenges faced by the dairy farmers in the district. Overcoming this limitation, intensive system

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Rich harvests in oyster mushroom production:Sri.S.Unnikrishnan

Mr. S. Unnikrishnan, Nadukke muriyil, Thiruvanvandoor is a matriculate. Having closed his poultry enterprise due to various reasons, he was planning to shift to a new venture. A optimistic farmer with hard working nature and determination to do something different, he approached the KVK for knowing more about mushroom cultivation. For hands on experience he attended the training on “Scientific mushroom cultivation” on 11.06.2014. He initiated

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Wonderful products from Oriental Pickling Melon: Sreeharitha FIG of Perumbalam

Sreeharitha FIG of Perumbalam Island Panchayath of Alappuzha district has shown a new way in value addition of oriental pickling melon. This FIG is an ‘A’ grade vegetable cluster of the Dept. of Agriculture involved in organic vegetable cultivation, but marketing was a problem due to lack of storage and conveyance facilities. Searching for methods for value addition of vegetables, they came to know about the Entrepreneurship Development Programme 

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Housewife turned entrepreneur through jackfruit: Smt.Rema Unnikrishnan

  Mrs.Rema Unnikrishnan, Karippalakizhakkethil, Pazhanjiyoorkonam, Patoor P O, Nooranaad, is a house wife and ADS (Kudumbasree) chairperson of her ward who had a passion in agriculture as well as in cooking. Under the ATMA technology training programe she participated in a training programe on value addition of homestead crops at KVK and started producing jams, pickles and squash based on fruits and vegetables available in her homestead.  During

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Income and Employment Generation through value addition of coconut: Sri.Rajan

Perumbalam is an Island Panchayath of Alappuzha, lying very near to Ernakulam District, where coconut is the main crop. The job opportunities for the households of the Panchayath are minimum hence the people are compelled to go to nearby cities for better income generating activities. Even though coconut is one of the main crop of the Panchayath, income from this crop was not dependable due to fluctuating price and limitations in the transportation

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Reaping success in turmeric cultivation: Smt. Dildeep Kumari

           Hailing from a farm family, Smt. Dildeep Kumari, Thazhchayil, Aryad owns an area of 3 acres of garden land. The major crops grown are coconut, tubers, spices and vegetables. During 2015 April she attended a training programme on scientific turmeric cultivation organized by ICAR –Krishi Vigyan Kendra –Alappuzha in association with the Aryad farmers’ club and Krishi Bhavan. Following this, she was made a partner in the Front

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Anthiyoor Coconut Producers Society, Balaramapuram

Mr. Balayyan, started the unit in 2011 as a registered farmer group under Coconut Producers Society, Anthiyoor. It produces coconut products like VCO, left over coconut kernel products, and coconut water soft drink. The KVK provided training and follow up services like unit visit and prepared project proposal for availing credit. It also facilitated by linking them with machinery suppliers, packing material suppliers and marketing channels. The unit

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Chithus Coconut Products, West Kallada

Ms. Geetha Lekshmi started the unit in 2011 as a family venture and was engaged in producing the coconut products like VCO, Chutney powder, Theeyal mix and fish curry mix, coconut based traditional bakery products and are marketed under the brand name “Chithus” through the outlets of Triveni, a State Government Organization, super markets and bakeries throughout Kollam District. KVK provided training, follow up services, unit visit, project proposal

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Praan foods Kareelakulangara- a success story in coconut product diversification

Mr.Radhakrishnan is a gulf returnee who invested his savings and bank credit in a flour mill for powdering chilly, coriander and rice. But the income was low and he had enough spare time in between. He could get only a nominal income from the 1.5 acres of inherited coconut garden also. So he approached the KVK for proper guidance in utilizing the available facilities of the pulverizing unit to start any coconut related enterprise. KVK provided him

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